SilkAir will be transferring its services to Langkawi in Malaysia, Pekanbaru in Indonesia and Kalibo in the Philippines to Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.
SilkAir’s last Langkawi, Pekanbaru and Kalibo services are scheduled for 8 April, 30 May and 28 June 2018 respectively. Currently, SilkAir flies three times weekly to each destination.
The transfer of the three services to Scoot will optimize aircraft utilization within the SIA Group, at the same time better matching travel demand. Scoot already operates three and four weekly services to Langkawi and Kalibo respectively, while Pekanbaru will be a new addition to the network. With the transfers, Scoot will progressively adjust its services to Langkawi and Kalibo in the coming months to provide more options and convenience to customers. Scoot also targets to commence sales for Pekanbaru in the first half of 2018, subject to final regulatory approval.
“We are constantly reviewing our route operations to ensure optimization of the SIA Group’s resources. The transfer of these three services, Langkawi, Pekanbaru and Kalibo, is a move to do just that and also presents a better match of capacity to demand,” commented Mr. Foo Chai Woo, Chief Executive SilkAir.
SilkAir will maintain its flights to three other points in Malaysia, namely Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. For Indonesia, the airline will continue to operate to 10 other points: Balikpapan, Bandung, Denpasar (Bali), Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Medan, Semarang, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. In the Philippines, SilkAir will continue to operate flights to Cebu and Davao.
With the addition of Pekanbaru, as well as Kuantan and Berlin which will be launched in February and June 2018 respectively, Scoot’s network will span 66 cities across 18 countries and territories. Specifically, in Indonesia, Scoot’s destination count will rise to five; the existing destinations being Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta, Surabaya and Palembang.